Posted by: livingscripture | June 22, 2010

Twelfth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.

                                                      Matthew 7: 12

 How should we live this Word

 What Jesus does today is beautiful!  He transforms into the positive, the ancient well known Golden Rule of Judaism, Confucianism, and Seneca.  It reveals how much God has it at heart and desires all people to make it the norm of their life.

 It is not so much what we are not and what we do not do that identifies us but rather what we are and what we do.  This is the reason for Jesus’ transformation from ‘do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you’ into ‘Do to others whatever you would have them do to you’.  He does not invite us to refrain from doing what hurts others.  He invites us to do good, to give, to serve.  Jesus is not a prohibitionist.  He is God-Man and well knows how we are made.  He asks us to better ourselves continually. 

 It would be enough to live this rule to overcome our egoism and to change our life.  Jesus asks us to put ourselves in our neighbors’ situation and to treat them as we would like to be treated in their place.  I need it too and so I give it.  Are they friendless?  Sometimes I am too, and I offer them friendship.  Are they doubtful?  So am I and I share their suffering.  Certainly, this kind of life will not bring me notoriety or place me on the stage of history.  Perhaps I will be recognized only after my death as happens to many ‘artisans of altruistic love’.  Life will bring me to experience the ‘narrow door’ in the fatigue and disillusion of giving, the pain of gratuity.  But it will be worth the suffering because in return, I am promised joy and complete fulfillment.  I will become who I am in all truth!

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will look at Jesus’ total self-gift to us in the Eucharist.  I will praise Him in my heart.

 Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit!

 The voice of Chiara Lubich, True Follower of Christ

Let us love all those whom we meet along our day as they are.  Let us imagine ourselves in their situation and treat them as we would like to be treated in their place.  The voice of God who dwells within us will suggest the expressions of love appropriate to every circumstance.

 


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